Conflux Technology has patented a highly efficient, compact heat exchanger design that derives its performance from a geometry that can only be made using additive manufacturing (AM). High surface area density, combined with optimized fluid pathways and 3D surface features, results in a high thermal exchange, low-weight, low pressure-drop heat exchanger. The performance advantages were achieved within a rapid development timeline which was underpinned by Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling and Design for AM expertise. With no tooling implications to consider, multiple variants can be manufactured simultaneously.
Our customers' have acceptance criteria that matches exacting quality and repeatable performance. EOS systems are the only AM platforms that can produce our challenging geometries whilst exceeding our customers' requirements.
Conflux Technology analyzed the industrial additive manufacturing landscape and, after a technical due diligence process, concluded that EOS is the only partner that has the technical and commercial capabilities to fulfill Conflux's ambitions. The Conflux CoreTM design was patented after a rapid proof-of-concept development program. Within just 6 months, 6 prototypes were built and a final product could be developed. During the development program, several tools were utilized: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) complemented the heat exchanger design iterations with flow visualization and, after correlation, performance predictions. Non-linear thermomechanical Finite Element Modeling (FEA) was used to analyze the resultant displacements and stresses to ensure structural integrity was maintained. EOS equipment possesses a suite of specific AM software tools for data preparation, process optimization and quality assurance. These were all used during the development of the Conflux CoreTM heat exchanger which now has applications across multiple industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Chemical Processing and Micro-Processor Cooling.